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Australian Sports Foundation coordinates $44.7 million in donations in last financial year
The Australian Sports Foundation has reported that it has receieved $44.7 million in donation to sport from Australian’s for the second successive year, taking total fundraising for sport to nearly $140 million over the past four years.
The 2017/18 fundraising was highlighted by significant growth in athlete fundraising (up 142%), rugby league (up 160%), tennis (up 82%), golf (up 65%), sailing (up 56%) and rugby union (up 52%).
Overall, total athlete and club registrations rose by 61%, while the number of fundraising projects jumped by 36%.
Australian Sports Foundation Chief Executive, Patrick Walker commented “the $44.7 million donated in 2017/18 again illustrates how important donors regard the health, community and social benefits of sports participation, and the Sports Foundation applauds the continued generosity of Australians.
“It was particularly pleasing to see major fundraising advancements in many of the high participation and popular sports such as rugby league, golf and tennis, while athlete fundraising jumped past the $1 million fundraising mark for the first time.
“Significantly, grassroots and community sports clubs raised $21 million last financial year which represents 48% of all donations.”
The top 10 fundraising sports in 2017/18 were:
Walker also sees that more national and state representative athletes were registering fundraising projects to assist with the high costs of elite performance such as coaching, travel, accommodation and medical expenses, explaining “we recognised the need to assist top level athletes just prior to the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games, and we now have more than 600 athlete fundraising projects.”
Multi-sports clubs, those organisations who operate more than one sport under their club banner, were the most successful fundraisers overtaking Australian football for the first time.
He also advised that “fundraising growth in rugby league is very pleasing. The game only raised around $18,000 just four years ago but generated $1.13 million via tax deductible donations in 2017/18.”
Walker (pictured below) urged more football and cricket clubs to embrace tax deductible fundraising via the Sports Foundation to boost revenue, adding “football has 1.161 million participants but total fundraising in 2017/18 fell by 4% from $1.204 million to $1.155 million - or just under $1 per head*, while cricket fundraising fell by 15% from $529,108 to $448,212 - or 82 cents per participant*.”
Following the establishment of its Charity last month, Walker anticipates the Sports Foundation will raise an additional $25million-$30 million a year in donations for charitable sporting projects by 2022.
He concluded “the Charity will allow sport, for the first time, to have the opportunity to benefit from distributions from Public and Private Ancillary Funds, which hold many billions of dollars for philanthropic purposes. These funds must be used for charitable projects - for example those that increase activity and improve physical or mental health.
“Donations to the Charity will help those with a social disadvantage to benefit through sport, including multi-cultural, diversity and female-inclusion sport programs, and can also be used to enhance community sports facilities in regional and rural communities.”
The Sports Foundation is listed in the Income Tax Assessment Act as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and is the only body in Australian that can provide tax-deductions for donations of $2 or more to sports projects.
For fundraising opportunities or to support grassroots sporting communities go to asf.org.au
* Participation data is taken from AusPlay sport sector participation survey (January 2017 to December 2016)
30th July 2018 - Australian Sports Foundation creates new charitable fund
18th June 2018 - Local sports clubs to benefit from over $220,000 in grants
17th November 2017 - New AusPlay figures show football leads sport participation rates in Australia
2nd August 2017 - Australian Sports Foundation achieves record $44.75 million fundraising
4th November 2016 - Australian Sports Foundation raises record funds for sport
19th February 2016 - Sporting legends back ASF goal to exceed $300 million in sport fundraising
5th May 2015 - Australian Sports Foundation looks for donations boost
1st August 2014 - Mark Stockwell to chair Australian Sports Foundation
13th July 2010 - Health Charity adds pressure to alcohol and sport sponsorship debate
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